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Smartwatches are some of the hottest commodities in tech right now, and there are still plenty of upcoming devices to get excited about as we enter the latter stages of 2022.

We've only just been treated to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 launch, and now the Apple Watch Series 8, the first-ever Apple Watch Ultra model and an updated Apple Watch SE have just been unveiled, too.

Before the year is out, Google's first smartwatch - the Google Pixel Watch - will also be released, providing a serious shake-up to the world of Android smartwatches.

We're tracking the newest wearables hitting the market below, with plenty of devices still awaiting global launches after initial announcements earlier this year.

Apple Watch Series 8 & Apple Watch Ultra

ETA: Available September

Exciting upcoming smartwatches landing in 2022

After months of rumors and whispers, the Apple Watch Series 8 and the much-anticipated debut of an Apple Watch Ultra model were unveiled on 7 September.

While the standard model is headlined by a new temperature sensor and advanced menstrual tracking, the Apple Watch Series 8 Pro is an entirely different - and new - proposition.

It's more outdoor-focused, with a comparatively rugged design - including a titanium case, an extra button and a jutted-out right side - and also boasts 36-hour battery life and multi-band GPS for improved tracking accuracy.

The Apple Watch Ultra is available now to pre-order, releasing on 23 September for $799/£849.

The Apple Watch Series 8 is also available to pre-order, seeing a slightly earlier 16 September release for $399 / £419.

You can read all the details about the Apple Watch Ultra and Series 8 in our guide.

Apple Watch SE (2022)

ETA: Available 16 September

Exciting upcoming smartwatches landing in 2022

After being passed over for an update in 2021, Apple has finally given its entry-level model a refresh.

Unveiled alongside the Watch Series 8 and Watch Series 8 Pro at Apple's 'Far Out' event, the second-gen SE model arrives with 20% faster performance than the original.

It replaces the Apple Watch Series 3 at the entry point of the company's smartwatch lineup, and this also means the fresher-looking SE has also received a price cut.

However, that price cut wasn't quite as much as we hoped, and not close to the $199 / £199 asking price of the Series 3.

The 2022 version of the Apple Watch SE will instead start at $249 / £259. So, while the experience has received a modest upgrade for those getting started, the cost of entry has also jumped.

It's available now to pre-order and will ship on 16 September.

Google Pixel Watch

ETA: 6 October 2022

Google Pixel Watch

After years of waiting, the Google Pixel Watch is official – and it will be launched next month.

The first smartwatch designed and built by Google was unveiled at I/O 2022 back in May, but details are still a little sparse on exactly what we'll get.

Thankfully, we do at least now know it'll be unveiled fully and made available to buy immediately following the Made by Google event on October 6.

What do we know so far, then? Well, of the design, Google initially only revealed that the Pixel Watch is made of recycled stainless steel and has quick-release bands for easy customization.

Fitbit will also power the fitness tracking elements of the smartwatch, offering step and activity tracking, 24/7 heart rate and its Active Zone Minutes metric.

Wear OS 3.0 will offer apps, an improved Google Wallet brings payments and the company’s voice assistant, Google Assistant, will also be on hand.

We also know there will be a cellular version, and the Pixel Watch will run on an "improved" version of Wear 3.0, which will come with a revamped UI.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro

ETA: Available now

Exciting upcoming smartwatches landing in 2022

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro are now official, and the changes from the last generation are sizeable.

The Galaxy Watch Classic model has been dropped in favor of the 45mm Galaxy Watch 5 Pro version, which is headlined by a massive 590mAh battery, while both models see the iconic rotating bezel ditched by the company.

The standard model is available in both 40mm and 44mm editions, and the battery life, again, is the big change from the previous generation. A 284mAh battery is present in the 40mm Watch 5, and a 410mAh battery is packed inside the 44mm model.

We're still conducting full tests, so check out our initial impressions of both devices in our Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 review and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro review.

Xiaomi Mi Band Pro 7

ETA: Available in China (awaiting global launch)

Xiaomi Mi Band Pro 7

The existence of the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 Pro is confirmed, although it’s only been released in China so far.

It’s a dramatic change in form from the standard Mi Band 7, and is more of a hybrid between a smartwatch and fitness tracker.

The face is more square, resembling the Huawei Band 7 or Watch Fit 2 more than the standard Mi Band.

You get an AMOLED 1.64-inch display that punches out 326 PPI at a 280 x 456 pixel resolution. That’s compared to 192 x 490 pixels on the regular Xiaomi Mi Band 7.

There’s built-in GPS, too, making it more of a natural workout partner, and that’s abetted by 117 exercise modes, including 10 running workouts.

There’s also a larger 235mAh battery, but that’s only expected to offer 12 days of 'regular use', or 6 days of heavy usage.

It costs CNY 400 ($60/€57/₹4,700), which makes it just a tad more expensive than the standard Mi Band 7, though the details regarding global prices and release dates are currently scarce. We'll update this section when we know more.

Montblanc Summit 3

ETA: Available now

Montblanc Summit 3

The Montblanc Summit 3 is the first non-Samsung smartwatch to run Wear OS 3.0, the latest version of the operating system from Google – and it's available for both Android and iOS smartphone users.

It features a 42mm case, a 1.28-inch AMOLED display and a chunky 416 x 416 resolution.

Montblanc says that it’s improved the fitness tracking experience over predecessors, and you can now follow workouts from the watch itself. However, the fitness tracking won't be powered by Fitbit, as we've seen on the Google Pixel Watch.

There's a heart rate sensor, barometer and accelerometer – but there doesn't seem to be dedicated GPS for tracking outdoor workouts. It's water-resistant to 50 meters, too, thanks to a 5ATM rating.

Health monitoring includes steps, sleep and blood oxygen measurement.

In terms of battery life, we don't have the full details just yet, as we're still testing, but don't expect anything more than your typical day or so of charge.

Amazfit Bip 3

ETA: Available now

Amazfit Bip 3

The Amazfit Bip 3 is now available globally, after first launching in Brazil back in June.

The Bip 3 offers a slightly tweaked design over the Bip U Pro, with a larger 1.69-inch TFT display. That's a lower quality panel in comparison to the full AMOLED you’ll find on its more expensive smartwatches.

The Bip 3 also has a 44mm case and is only 7.6mm thick, with a PPG heart rate monitor and GPS built-in. That means it’s a decent workout partner – and one of the cheapest smartwatches with GPS you’ll find on the market.

It's rated at 5ATM water resistance, as well, so it's good up to 50 meters, and boasts built-in swim tracking, along with over 60 sport profiles.

And there’s even a quoted battery life of 11 days, which we think should last roughly a week with heavy use. We're still testing out this budget smartwatch, so stay tuned for our full review.

Huawei Watch D

ETA: October 2022

Huawei Watch D

The Huawei Watch D, the company's health-focused smartwatch, is set for a European launch next month – after first arriving in China way back in December.

This is the company’s most advanced health-tracking device, and, following the device's regulatory sign-off for Europe and the UK, it's now scheduled to arrive in October. As a result, we were able to go hands-on with the Huawei Watch D at IFA 2022 ahead of the release.

In terms of features, the Watch D's headline offering is blood pressure monitoring, though it also features GPS tracking, heart rate monitoring, ECG readings (which have now also been approved for use on the Watch D and other Huawei devices) and all the usual health tracking gubbins.

Blood pressure tracking is managed via inflatable cuffs that attach under the strap, which is a slightly novel implementation, and one we're looking forward to spending more time with and testing against a standard alternative.

Elsewhere, there's an 8 LED TruSeen 5.0 PPG heart rate monitor and SpO2 sensor, and the Huawei Watch D can keep tabs on conditions such as atherosclerosis, arrhythmia and sleep apnea.

In terms of design, the Watch D uses a large 1.64-inch, 456 x 280 AMOLED screen with 326 PPI, and also packs IP68 water and dust resistance.

There are 70 sports tracking modes built-in, too, making it a pretty complete health and fitness device.

Movano Ring

ETA: Late 2022

Movano Ring

Not a smartwatch at all – but the Movano Ring, shown off at CES 2022 earlier this year, has certainly piqued our interest.

First, it’s aimed at women, so it’s way more stylish that anything we’ve seen before. The Oura 3 isn’t a bad-looking device, but it’s noticeable and chunky on the finger – and it’s harder for women to wear.

We'd need to see Movano Ring being worn to get a real sense of what the company has achieved in terms of design, but the incomplete loop looks way more interesting than some other rivals.

The Movano Ring will measure heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), sleep, respiration rate, temperature and blood oxygen.

As we’ve seen many times, a lot can go wrong between CES and release dates, so we’re not betting the house the Movano Ring will come through unscathed and release in 2022.

Huawei Watch 3 Pro

ETA: Available in China (awaiting global launch)

Exciting upcoming smartwatches landing in 2022

The Huawei Watch 3 Pro New was launched with a fresh version of Harmony OS 3 back in July – and put the smartwatch back at the top of the Huawei food chain.

The major new additions are ECG functionality, which you might remember was launched on the GT 3 Pro watch earlier this year.

Huawei has ECG signed off in a host of countries, although we’re still waiting for approval in Europe and the UK. Don’t forget that Huawei never officially launches in the US, so no chance of it landing there.

The company has also launched turn-by-turn navigation, via Baidu Maps and AutoNavi Maps on the HarmonyOS 3 platform.

Elsewhere, things are pretty familiar to the previous generation. Like the Watch 3 Pro, the new version boasts an oversized 48mm case, that comes in Fashion and Premium versions. Both feature a 1.43-inch AMOLED touchscreen, with a top-notch 466 x 466 pixels resolution and a 22mm strap.

There are no details of overseas availability, but there’s a CNY 2,999 price tag, which is a beefy $443.

Oppo Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro

ETA: Available in China (awaiting global launch)

Exciting upcoming smartwatches landing in 2022

This pair was confirmed in China back in August, and are the first smartwatches to feature the new Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 chip.

This enables devices to take advantage of Qualcomm’s co-processor for improved performance and battery life.

Pre-announcement rumors of a big screen-to-body ratio were spot on for the Pro model, with the standard Watch 3 featuring a 1.75-inch, 372 x 430 AMOLED touchscreen, as well as waterproofing up to 50 meters.

As ever, we're guessing there will be a wait for a global launch, but you can read all the details of both devices in our full Oppo Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro breakdown. We'll update this section on the wider rollout when we know more.